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One in five UK families can't afford seaside day out

One in five UK families can't afford seaside day out | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
Barnardo's finds 'no-frills' bank holiday trip costs up to £172 and demands urgent action on child poverty
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Further evidence of the patchy nature of Britain's recovery.

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Inside Match.com: It's all about the algorithm.

Inside Match.com: It's all about the algorithm. | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
Entering the offices of Match.com is a bit like strutting into a disco. Coloured lights flash from the ceilings, workers lounge on circular banquettes, dance music plays from hidden speakers. Despite being in a mid-rise office tower overlooking a turnpike in the dry, landlocked city of Dallas, Texas, the Match...
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Dating site uses algorithm to choose dates better than you can yourself

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Should we mourn the end of blogs?

Should we mourn the end of blogs? | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
Mel Campbell: Maintaining a personal blog has become entrepreneurial, and young people want nothing to do with it. I'll keep on updating my lonely, uncool one – but other platforms are just as valuable
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Great article if you want to know whatGenZ is doing online and why!

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Confessions of a slacker dad: why being a 50/50 parent is overrated

Confessions of a slacker dad: why being a 50/50 parent is overrated | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
Prince William changes nappies, Simon Cowell gushes about his newborn – men are keener than ever to prove they are doing at least half the parenting. When did being a father get so complicated, asks Alex Bilmes
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The rise of competitive dads - are they representative of most men?

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Why the online/offline split no longer matters (Wired UK)

Why the online/offline split no longer matters (Wired UK) | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
Consumers are turning themselves into brands through social media
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Taj Mahal comes to your living room

Taj Mahal comes to your living room | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
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Virtual tours and travel - using Google Street View to get inside the Taj Mahal

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UK town will text obese residents to encourage weight loss

UK town will text obese residents to encourage weight loss | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
The city council of Stoke-on-Trent in the UK is trying out a novel approach to curbing obesity: sending daily motivational text messages to overweight people. The scheme is voluntary and covers 500...
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Tackling obesity by text. Stoke on Trent council is texting overweight residents with motivational messages as a low-cost way to encourage healthier lifestyles. The trial will last 10 weeks. We'll be interested to see the results!

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Introducing Jelly

Jelly is a new way to search with pictures and people from your social networks. It's also people helping each other—something that's both meaningful and fun. http://jelly.co
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A search engine for the 10s,Jelly is a social search engine which uses images and crodsources responses from your extended social networks

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The future of food and drink marketing | Analysis | Marketing Week

The future of food and drink marketing | Analysis | Marketing Week | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
Why sweet and fatty food brands must act on the obesity crisis.
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The kitchen of the future: self-cleaning cutlery and food pills - Telegraph

The kitchen of the future: self-cleaning cutlery and food pills - Telegraph | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
In 50 years time we'll be cooking from hologram cookbooks, eating a much more varied diet and sharing 3D printed food, predicts a new study.
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To Lure Customers, Appeal To All 5 Of Their Senses

To Lure Customers, Appeal To All 5 Of Their Senses | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
Stuart Leslie president and founder of 4sight Inc offers six tips for packaging your product and capturing consumer attention.
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Food of the future: Bugs, seaweed and vertical farms

Food of the future: Bugs, seaweed and vertical farms | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
Farms in the sky, meat gardens, and crunchy winged snacks — these could be food sources of the future, CBC science columnist Torah Kachur explains in a radio feature, Food of the Future.
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In This “Anti-Cafe” In London, You Pay For Your Time, Not Your Tea

In This “Anti-Cafe” In London, You Pay For Your Time, Not Your Tea | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
At this unique coffee shop everything is free except for the minutes you stay. No more glances from patrons wondering how long you'll be there with...
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This makes total sense - for cafes who service all-day WiFi squatters - pay by the minute rather than for your drinks

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Lidl moves into mainstream fashion with cut-price clothing

Lidl moves into mainstream fashion with cut-price clothing | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
After successfully challenging other food retailers, German discount supermarket launches unbranded 'on-trend' women's range
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Discounters are already threatening the dominance of the Big4 - could this be a game-changer?

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Edward Snowden: 'If I end up in chains in Guantánamo I can live with that' - video interview

NSA whistleblower talks exclusively to the Guardian about whether he is a Russian spy, his likely fate if he returns to the US and the relevance of Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four in the age of Google
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Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds

Sweet or sour? Duping our taste buds | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
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Context changes how we taste food and drink. Insight could be used to address issues such as need to lower salt, but still deliver the taste people like.

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Big data: are we making a big mistake? - FT.com

Big data: are we making a big mistake? - FT.com | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
Five years ago, a team of researchers from Google announced a remarkable achievement in one of the world’s top scientific journals, Nature. Without needing the results of a single medical check-up, they were nevertheless able to track the spread of
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Potential fragility of big data explored

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Floppy House: Abandoned Building Reinvented With A Slouchy Facade

Floppy House: Abandoned Building Reinvented With A Slouchy Facade | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
British artist Alex Chinneck turns a stately brick facade into something resembling a slice of American cheese.
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Floppy house art/installation in Margate prompts us to think about our environment

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The eat of battle – how the world's armies get fed

The eat of battle – how the world's armies get fed | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
Emma Graham-Harrison: An army marches on its stomach but what do different countries feed their troops? Who gets smoked sprats or tinned cheddar – and who wants 'three-year pizza'?
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We're spotting a growing interest in survival food in the wake of the floods.  See also coverage of 'preppers' who are secretly getting ready for the apocalypse.  In the future will food need to be designed to help us survive on the move? 

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BeWifi lets you steal your neighbor’s bandwidth when they’re not using it

BeWifi lets you steal your neighbor’s bandwidth when they’re not using it | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
By aggregating wireless signals, Telefonica is trying to make unreliable Wi-Fi better.
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Brilliant idea - Telefonica trialling a system whereby neighbours can share/borrow/steal WiFi bandwidth when not in use.

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Food trends in 2014: from digital dining to healthy junk food

Food trends in 2014: from digital dining to healthy junk food | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
The future of food includes holographic chefs, smart knives and egg-white crisps, according to trend analysts. But will kale ice lollies and edible soil ever catch on?
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Why Ugly, Salty and Sober Are Trending

Why Ugly, Salty and Sober Are Trending | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
All we remember from last year is that the Cronut changed the meaning of the word “superfood,” Taco Bell sold over a billion dollars' worth of tacos wrapped in Dorito shells, and Time magazine received some major flack for failing to include women...
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3D Systems Chef Jet and Pro eyes-on: legitimizing 3D printed food

3D Systems Chef Jet and Pro eyes-on: legitimizing 3D printed food | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
In the 3D realm of CES 2014 we caught up with 3D Systems, a crew that brought so many new products and services to the show that it was difficult keeping up with it all! Two of the more late-breaking ...
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London's Car-Free Highway Could Transport Bikes, Boxes, And Energy

London's Car-Free Highway Could Transport Bikes, Boxes, And Energy | TrendTopics | Scoop.it
Running over existing rail lines the SkyCycle network could hold up to 12000 cyclists an hour zipping to their destinations around town and...
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